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Queen's University

Policy Speaker Series

The Census of Canada: Some Personal Views

Friday, September 17, 2010 - [Poster]

Munir SheikhMunir Sheikh was appointed as the head of Statistics Canada by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and officially became the Chief Statistician of Canada on June 16, 2008, replacing Ivan Fellegi. On July 21, 2010, Sheikh resigned from that post, following the controversy resulting from the Conservative government's decision to no longer require mandatory completion of the Canada 2011 Census long form. The decision has been heavily criticised; opponents have argued that the decision was a politically motivated and that it will compromise the value of census data.

The former Chief Statistician of Canada has recently joined Queen's University's School of Policy Studies as Distinguished Fellow and an adjunct professor. Sheikh comes to Queen's after completing a distinguished 38-year career in the Public Service of Canada, where he served in many key senior posiitions in the Department of Finance, the Privy Council Office and other departments. He has served as Deputy Minister of Labour and, most recently, as Chief Statistician of Canada.

Dr. Sheikh holds a Ph.D. from the University of Western Ontario and has taught at both the University of Ottawa and Carleton University.

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